JILAF visited Kathmandu from April 8 (Sunday) to 14 (Saturday) on the occasion of the fiscal 2018 start in Nepal of the SGRA project (Supporting Grass-Roots Activities through the International Employers’ and Workers’ Network), which is being implemented with grants from the Japanese government (Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare). Discussions focused on annual plans and specific activities based on the fiscal 2018 project policy.
In Nepal, the SGRA project is being conducted by the Central Advisory Committee (CAC), which consists of representatives of the Nepalese government, labour, and management (the Nepalese Ministry of Labour and Employment, Nepal Trade Union Congress [NTUC], and Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry [FNCCI]), as well as the International Labour Organization (ILO); the Management Committee (MC), which consists only of trade union representatives; and tripartite Regional Working Committees in the districts where the project is being implemented, namely, Bhaktapur, Parsa, Morang, and Lalitpur.
In the 1st CAC and 1st Enlarged Management Committee meetings of the new fiscal year, which were held during JILAF’s visit, the participants looked back on achievements and issues of the project in fiscal 2017 and held intensive studies and discussions of annual plans and specific activities based on the project policy confirmed at the 3rd CAC meeting on February 5, 2018, the final meeting of fiscal 2017. They confirmed specific activities for the development of the project in fiscal 2018.
In Nepal, efforts during the current fiscal year will focus on (1) the implementation of activities aimed at improving and uplifting the livelihoods of informal-sector workers in Bhaktapur, Parsa, Morang, and Lalitpur and (2) the follow-up of existing network members. In addition, a new effort will involve assisting jobseekers through the establishment of pilot “Hello Work” employment security offices in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Employment and the FNCCI.
|04/08||Sun||1st CAC meeting|
|04/09||Mon||1st Enlarged MC meeting|